Transformation of functions has also been found with stimuli that bear a comparison relation
, such as larger than or smaller than: "larger" stimuli exhibit a stronger function and "smaller" stimuli exhibit a weaker function (Dougher, Hamilton, Fink, & Harrington, 2007; Dymond & Barnes, 1995; Whelan, Barnes-Holmes, & Dymond, 2006).
However, when the comparison relation
becomes arbitrarily applicable (e.
By extension, the performances of the 4 subjects in Experiments 1 and 2 who saw two comparisons (S3, S4, S5, and S6) and received feedback for choosing thematic selections can not be said to be controlled by the thematic relation either because they could have responded to each configuration therein by determining the sample/taxonomic comparison relation
and then choosing the comparison that was not the taxonomic comparison (i.
The participants received positive feedback for selecting X1 when given any of three AB compounds representing sample-correct comparison relations
(A1B1, A2B2, A3B3), and for selecting X2 when given any of the six compounds representing sample-incorrect comparison relations